Blogging woes: looking for a new blogging home

8 Jan

I started blogging at Live Spaces in April of 2005.  There wasn’t a lot of thought that went into the choice of blogging platform. I’d just discovered blogs and my main source of information was my sister’s blog, which she had started on Live Spaces (although it was called MSN Spaces back then, I think).  I’d been reading her blog for a few months and loved that I could finally keep abreast of what was going on in her life – she was so busy, we rarely talked on the phone.  I thought some of my family and friends might like it if I did the same thing.

There are a couple of good things about Live Spaces.  It’s very easy to upload pictures to create online photo albums, for one.  It’s pretty much idiot-proof easy to start.  You can do a little bit of customization with the theme and drag-and-drop built-in widgets around.  But I don’t know anyone who is seriously blogging who uses Live Spaces now.  Most people want more flexibility  to customize the look of their site.  Besides, despite my visitor’s account, people who come here have a heck of a time leaving comments, even when they do have an MSN Passport.  If they use Firefox, there are all sorts of issues (which is just dirty pool, in my humble opinion).  Since for me blogging has grown from a way to keep family and friends in the loop into being part of a larger community, I feel I’ve really outgrown Live Spaces.

It’s been a while that I’ve been thinking of switching to another blogging platform, but which one?  I already have a blog on Blogger, and since I’m such a Google groupie I use Gmail and the Google RSS Reader and such, so it would be easy to go there. 

But WordPress seems to have some great things going for it, too, particularly seeming to be friendlier to visitors than Blogger.  And if I eventually decide to get really serious, I can decide to find a host and take total control over how the thing looks instead of using a template someone else designed. However, I’ve started a test blog with WordPress and I’m having some issues with formatting the text- the system keeps deleting my line breaks so that all my paragraphs are mashed together.  I hate that!  Since the WordPress Support Desk is closed for the week, I’m left to wonder whether the advantages are worth the headache.

So, bloggy people, what have you to say on the subject?  If you want to leave a comment and haven’t got a passport, try using IE and sign in as fawnsguest using the password 99Nanuq.  Or you can reach me by email by mashing my first and last names together (my last name is Fritzen) and adding gmail (*dot*) com. At least if you’re reading this on Facebook it’s easy to leave a comment.  Whew, at least something is easy.

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3 Responses to “Blogging woes: looking for a new blogging home”

  1. Unknown January 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm #

    Have you considered TypePad http://http://www.typepad.com as an equally-capable alternative to WordPress? The administration tools are much less junky-looking than WP. I\’d usually advocate ExpressionEngine http://expressionengine.com but there\’s not a hosted option.

  2. Fawn January 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm #

    Hi Geof, thanks for your suggestions.  I did have a look at TypePad (as well as Movable Type and LiveJournal) but I guess I forgot that one of my requirements is that I\’m cheap.   As long as I\’m not using my own host or mapping my own domain, I don\’t want to pay for my blog.  Perhaps if it unexpectedly becomes wildly popular and I need more functionality… ;)

  3. Unknown January 8, 2008 at 8:41 pm #

    If cost is an issue, then definitely go with WordPress or Blogger! On the other hand, if you are willing to part with $7-10 a month TypePad and Squarespace http://http://www.squarespace.com/pricing (another platform that several Urban Yukon bloggers use and recommend) then you actually get professional support for your blog. WordPress.com mostly dumps you on the community, where you get to fend for yourself. But, to each his own, right?

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